Came across a short but sweet blog post today. The full entry is worth a read, but this bit really stuck out to me:
Now this is where it gets interesting, what used to be simply web presence has now become an actual online persona which reflects nearly every aspect in the real world. Its difficult to even talk about real world or offline existence because the line is blurring to such an extent that online presence is becoming nothing less than an extension to your daily activities.
Here the social aspect comes into play, looking back at communities you now get more organicly formed groups of people with similar interests that interact but do so as separate entities, somewhat along the lines of creating a neural network. I believe we’re only seeing the very beginnings of this coming into play but it seems to have potential to grow into a very significant phenomena.